TORONTO–Workers at the Fairmont Royal York have gone on strike as of midnight Thursday in the midst of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and will hold a media conference today at 1:30 pm to discuss the situation. The workers, who will start picketing outside the Fairmont Royal York at 7:00 a.m. this morning, say their patience has run out with hotel owners who have dragged their heels through the G20 and busy summer season. Workers are protesting working conditions characterized by increased workloads, cutbacks and shortened shifts and high injury rates.
The strike, which follows on the heels of a one-day strike last week at TIFF hotel headquarters Hyatt Regency, has gained the support of ACTRA and IATSE Toronto locals and film industry celebrities, to be announced at the press conference.
At this event:
Date: Friday September 10, 2010
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Fairmont Royal York Toronto
100 Front Street West, in front of hotel
Speakers will include:
- Heather Allin, President of ACTRA Toronto
- Bob Hall, President of IATSE Local 873
- Cleve Jones, originator of AIDS Quilt and advisor to the film "Milk"
- Michelle Williams, Valet Attendant at the Fairmont Royal York
- John Sultana, Banquet Server at the Hyatt Regency
At 4:30 pm the same day, hotel workers from across the city will march with the Fairmont workers to the Hyatt Regency.
The Fairmont Royal York and the Hyatt Regency are owned by Westmont Group, which owns or operates 13 hotels that are in bargaining with the union. Local 75 represents over 7,000 hotel, hospitality and gaming workers in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, please visit www.uniteherelocal75.org.